The Hennepin Lawyer

By Aaron Frederickson. Mr. Frederickson has practice experience in workersí compensation and Medicare-compliance. He currently works in regulatory affairs at OptumRx (Part of Optum, UnitedHealth Group). He is the July/August issue editor.
Inside View: Independent Judiciary Derived from the People
As we live in the ongoing American experiment, we are reminded daily of the importance of an independent judiciary. While judges in our country and state receive compensation from the government coffers, their judgment in theory and practice is free from pressure of the legislative and executive branches.
Recent examples of an independent judiciary abound in our daily news: U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granting a temporary restraining....
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Challenges to Judicial Independence in Our World
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it . . . .  The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its ....
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International Family Law in Flyover Land
I have been a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ( for nearly 20 years.  The first five years I carried my notions unchallenged: I believed that I understood the law as I travelled to many countries and listened to lawyers talk about their cases.  Eventually it dawned on me that I really did not understand the application of law in foreign jurisdictions at all.
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Is Judicial Independence Overrated?
In 2009 and 2010, I was fortunate enough to serve in a position as an international prosecutor in Kosovo, working for EULEX, a European Union rule of law mission. Since then, I have worked parttime on similar projects in the West Bank, Jordan, and Macedonia. This article describes some of my experience and thinking as I have wrestled with the issue of judicial independence or lack thereof in developing judicial systems.
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